John Floyer (physician)
Sir John Floyer (3 March 1649 – 1 February 1734), English physician and author, was the third child and second son of Elizabeth Babington and Richard Floyer, of Hints Hall, a since demolished country house. Hints is a quiet village lying a short distance from Lichfield in Staffordshire. He was educated at Oxford.
He practised in Lichfield, and it was by his advice that Dr Johnson, when a child, was taken by his mother to be touched by Queen Anne for the king's evil on 30 March 1714. As a physician, Floyer was best known for introducing the practice of pulse rate measurement, and creating a special watch for this purpose. He was an advocate of cold bathing, and gave an early account of the pathological changes in the lungs associated with emphysema.
Floyer was married to Mary Fleetwood of Lichfield, a widow, in April 1680.
- Pharmako-Basanos: or the Touchstone of Medicines, discovering the virtues of Vegetables, Minerals and Animals, by their Tastes and Smells (2 vols, 1687)
- The praeternatural State of animal Hurnours described by their sensible Qualities (1696)
- An Enquiry into the right Use and Abuses of the hot, cold and temperate Baths in England (1697)
- A Treatise of the Asthma (1st ed., 1698)
- The ancient ~vxpoXoinyia revived, or an Essay to prove cold Bathing both safe and useful (London, 1702; several editions 8vo; abridged, Manchester, 1844, 12mo) See online version below.
- John Floyer & Edward Baynard (1715). Psychrolousia. Or, the History of Cold Bathing: Both Ancient and Modern. In Two Parts. The First, written by Sir John Floyer, of Litchfield. The Second, treating the genuine life of Hot and Cold Baths..(exceedingly long subtitles) By Dr. Edward Baynard.. London: William Innys. Fourth Edition, with Appendix. Retrieved 22 October 2009. Full text at Internet Archive (archive.org)
- The Physician's Pulse-watch (1707–1710)
- . (1713). The Sibylline Oracles, translated from the best Greek copies, and compared with the sacred Prophecies. London: J.Nicholson. Retrieved 22 October 2009. Full text at Internet Archive (archive.org)
- See also: Sibylline oracles article.
- Two Essays:.... London. 1717. Retrieved 22 October 2009. Full text at Internet Archive (archive.org)
- the first Essay concerning the Creation, Aetherial Bodies, and Offices of good and bad Angels
- the second Essay concerning the Mosaic System of the World (Nottingham, 1717)
- An Exposition of the Revelations (1719)
- An Essay to restore the Dipping of Infants in their Baptism (1722)
- Medicina Gerocomica, or the Galenic Art of preserving old Men's Healths (1st ed., 1724)
- A Comment on forty-two Histories described by Hippocrates (1726).
Notes and references
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- Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford, 1500–1714, Vol. II, Joseph Foster, Parker and Co., Oxford, 1891
- Floyer of Hints, Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain, Bernard Burke, 1862
- Sir John Floyer, Dr. Samuel Johnson and the Stanhope Family, The Johnson Society (Lichfield), lichfieldrambler.co.uk
- "Floyer, John". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.